Comparative navy officer ranks of the Commonwealth

Rank comparison chart of naval forces of Commonwealth of Nations states.

Most of the 52 commonwealth nations have their beginnings in British Empire and have shared naval traditions. By comparison Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony. Even after some had achieved a degree of independent government from the UK, their naval protection was still British; the Royal New Zealand Navy did not exist separately until 1941.

Officers

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Captain Commander Lieutenant
commander
Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Sub lieutenant Midshipman
Australia Australia
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Australia-Navy-OF-10-collected Australia-Navy-OF-9-collected Australia-Navy-OF-8-collected Australia-Navy-OF-7-collected Australia-Navy-OF-6-collected Australia-Navy-OF-5-collected Australia-Navy-OF-4-collected Australia-Navy-OF-3-collected Australia-Navy-OF-2-collected Australia-Navy-OF-1-collected Australia-Navy-OF-1-collected Royal Australian Navy OF (D).svg
UK-Navy-OFD
Admiral of the fleet Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub lieutenant Acting sub lieutenant Midshipman
The Bahamas Bahamas
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O6.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg POR-Navy-OFD.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Commodore Captain Senior Commander Commander Lieutenant Commander Senior Lieutenant Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Acting Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman
Bangladesh Bangladesh
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No equivalent 14.BNF-ADMF.svg 13.BNF-ADM.svg 12.BNF-VADM.svg 10.BNF-CDRE.svg 09.BNF-CPT.svg 08.BNF-CDR.svg 07.BNF-LTCDR.svg 06.BNF-LT.svg 05.BNF-SLT.svg 05.BNF-SLT.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg UK-Navy-OFStudent.svg
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant Acting Sub-lieutenant Midshipman Officer Cadet
Barbados Barbados
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant
Belize Belize No navy
Botswana Botswana No navy
Brunei Brunei
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19.RBrN-FM.svgGeneric-Navy-O12.svg 18.RBrN-GEN.svgGeneric-Navy-O11.svg 17.RBrN-LG.svgGeneric-Navy-O10.svg 16.RBrN-MG.svgGeneric-Navy-O9.svg 15.RBrN-BG.svgGeneric-Navy-O8.svg 14.RBrN-COL.svgGeneric-Navy-O7.svg 13.RBrN-LTC.svgGeneric-Navy-O5.svg 12.RBrN-MAJ.svgGeneric-Navy-O4.svg 11.RBrN-CAPT.svgGeneric-Navy-O3.svg 10.RBrN-1LT.svgGeneric-Navy-O2.svg 09.RBrN-2LT.svgGeneric-Navy-O1.svg 08.RBrN-OC.svg
Laksamana Armada Laksamana Laksamana madya Laksamana muda Laksamana pertama Kapten Komander Leftenan Komander Leftenan Leftenan madya Leftenan muda Pegawai kadet
Cameroon Cameroon
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No equivalent Cameroon-Navy-OF-9.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-8.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-7.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-6.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-5.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-4.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-3.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-2.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-1b.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Canada Canada
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No equivalent Canada-Navy-OF-9-collected Canada-Navy-OF-8-collected Canada-Navy-OF-7-collected Canada-Navy-OF-6-collected Canadian RCN OF-5.svg Canadian RCN OF-4.svg Canadian RCN OF-3.svg Canadian RCN OF-2.svg Canadian RCN OF-1b.svg Canadian RCN OF-1a.svg Canadian RCN OF (D).svg No equivalent
Admiral Vice-admiral Rear-admiral Commodore Captain(N) Commander Lieutenant-commander Lieutenant(N) Sub-lieutenant Acting sub-lieutenant Naval
cadet
Amiral Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Commodore Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe Aspirant de marine
Cyprus Cyprus
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No equivalent
GR-Navy-OF6.svgGR-Navy-OF6-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF5.svgGR-Navy-OF5-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF4.svgGR-Navy-OF4-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF3.svgGR-Navy-OF3-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF2.svgGR-Navy-OF2-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF1b.svgGR-Navy-OF1b-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF1.svgGR-Navy-OF1-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-ΣΕΑ.svgGR-Navy-ΣΕΑ-sleeve.svg
Commodore
Αρχιπλοίαρχος
Captain
Πλοίαρχος
Commander
Αντιπλοίαρχος
Lieutenant commander
Πλωτάρχης
Lieutenant
Υποπλοίαρχος
Sub lieutenant
Ανθυποπλοίαρχος
Ensign
Σημαιοφόρος
Officer Designate
Σημαιοφόρος Επίκουρος Αξιωματικός
Dominica Dominica No navy
Fiji Fiji
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg British Royal Navy OF-1a.svg
Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub
lieutenant
Midshipman
Ghana Ghana
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No equivalent 15-Ghana Navy-ADM.svg 14-Ghana Navy-VADM.svg 13-Ghana Navy-RADM.svg 12-Ghana Navy-CDRE.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant
Guyana
Guyana
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No equivalent
Guyana Rear Admiral Insignia.svg 11-Indian Navy-CDRE.svg 10-Indian Navy-CAPT.svg 09-Indian Navy-CDR.svg 08-Indian Navy-LCDR.svg 07-Indian Navy-LT.svg 08-Namibia Navy-LTJG.svg 06-Indian Navy-SLT.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant Junior Grade Sub
lieutenant
Midshipman
India India
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IN Admiral of the NAVY Shoulder curl.pngBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-10.svg 14-Indian Navy-ADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-9.svg 13-Indian Navy-VADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-8.svg 12-Indian Navy-RADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg 11-Indian Navy-CDRE.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg 10-Indian Navy-CAPT.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg 09-Indian Navy-CDR.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg 08-Indian Navy-LCDR.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg 07-Indian Navy-LT.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg 06-Indian Navy-SLT.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg
Admiral of
the Fleet
1
Admiral2 Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant
Commander
Lieutenant Sublieutenant
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Jamaica Jamaica
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No equivalent
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg Canadian RCN OF-1b.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg British Royal Navy OF-1a.svg
Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman
Kenya Kenya
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No equivalent Generic-Navy-O11.svg Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg POR-Navy-OFD.svg No equivalent
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Kiribati Kiribati No navy
Malaysia Malaysia
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Malaysia-navy-OF-10.svg Malaysia-navy-OF-9.svg Malaysia-navy-OF-8.svg Malaysia-navy-OF-7.svg Malaysia-navy-OF-6.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg Midshipman of Royal Malaysian Navy.png Officer Cadet of Royal Malaysian Navy.png
Laksamana Armada
Admiral of the Fleet
Laksamana
Admiral
Laksamana Madya
Vice Admiral
Laksamana Muda
Rear Admiral
Laksamana Pertama
Flotilla Admiral (Commodore)
Kepten
Captain
Komander
Commander
Leftenan Komander
Lieutenant Commander
Leftenan
Lieutenant
Leftenan Madya
Lieutenant (junior grade)
Leftenan Muda
Ensign
Kadet Kanan
Midshipman
Pegawai Kadet
Officer Cadet
Malta Malta
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No equivalent
Malta-navy-OF-6.svg Malta-navy-OF-5.svg Malta-navy-OF-4.svg Malta-navy-OF-3.svg Malta-navy-OF-2.svg Malta-navy-OF-1b.svg Malta-navy-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Mauritius Mauritius No navy
Mozambique Mozambique
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No equivalent
Mozambique-Navy-OF-9.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-8.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-7.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-5.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-4.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-3.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg Unknown
Almirante Vice-almirante Contra-almirante Capitão de Mare Guerra Capitão de Fragata Capitão-tenente Primeiro-tenente Segundo-tenente Guarda-marinha
Namibia Namibia
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No equivalent
14-Namibia Navy-RADM.svg 13-Namibia Navy-RAJG.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign Midshipman
Nauru Nauru No navy
New Zealand New Zealand
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Admiral of the Fleet

Admiral of the fleet
No equivalent Vice Admiral

Vice admiral
Rear Admiral

Rear admiral
Commodore

Commodore
Captain

Captain
Commander

Commander
Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant commander
Lieutenant

Lieutenant
Sub Lieutenant

Sub lieutenant
Ensign

Ensign
None.svg
Admiral of the fleet Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub lieutenant Ensign Midshipman
Nigeria Nigeria
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Nigeria-Navy-OF-10.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-9.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-8.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-7.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-6.svg 10-Indian Navy-CAPT.svg 09-Indian Navy-CDR.svg 08-Indian Navy-LCDR.svg 07-Indian Navy-LT.svg 06-Indian Navy-SLT.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg No equivalent
Admiral of the
Fleet
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub
lieutenant
Midshipman
Pakistan Pakistan
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16-Pakistan Navy-FADM.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-10.svg 15-Pakistan Navy-ADM.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-9.svg 14-Pakistan Navy-VADM.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-8.svg 13-Pakistan Navy-RADM.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg Unknown
Admiral of the Fleet Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sublieutenant Midshipman
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
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No equivalent
PNG-Navy-OF-7.svg PNG-Navy-OF-6.svg PNGDF Navy CPT.png PNGDF CDR.png PNGDF LTC.png PNGDF LT.png PNGDF SLT.png PNGDF Midshipman.png
Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant
Commander
Lieutenant Sub
Lieutenant
Midshipman
Rwanda Rwanda No navy
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis
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No equivalent
Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman Officer Cadet
Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman Officer Cadet
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia No navy
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines No navy
Samoa Samoa No navy
Seychelles Seychelles
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No equivalent
Seychelles-Navy-OF-5.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-4.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-3.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-2.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-1b.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Acting Sub Lieutenant
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
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No equivalent
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg Canadian RCN OF-1b.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg British Royal Navy OF-1a.svg
Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman
Singapore Singapore
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No equivalent Insignia not known 10-RSN-OF08.svg 09-RSN-OF07.svg 08-RSN-OF06.svg 07-RSN-OF05.svg 06-RSN-OF04b.svg 05-RSN-OF04a.svg 04-RSN-OF03.svg 03-RSN-OF02.svg 02-RSN-OF01b.svg 01-RSN-OF01a.svg Singapore-Army-OF-(3D).svg Singapore-Army-OF-(2D).svg Singapore-Army-OF-(1D).svg
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Rear Admiral (junior grade) Colonel Senior Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Midshipman Midshipman Midshipman
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands No navy
South Africa South Africa
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No equivalent Generic-Navy-O11.svg Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg POR-Navy-OFD.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Rear admiral
(junior grade)
Captain Commander Lieutenant
commander
Lieutenant Sub lieutenant Ensign Midshipman
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
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No equivalent 15-Sri Lanka Navy-ADM.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-9.svg 14-Sri Lanka Navy-VADM.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-8.svg 13-Sri Lanka Navy-RADM.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg Sri Lanka-Navy-OF-(D).svg
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant Acting Sub-lieutenant Midshipman
Eswatini Swaziland No navy
Tanzania Tanzania
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Vice admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign
Tonga Tonga
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg British Royal Navy OF-1a.svg
Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub lieutenant Midshipman
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman
Tuvalu Tuvalu No navy
Uganda Uganda No navy
United Kingdom
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British Royal Navy OF-10-collected British Royal Navy OF-9-collected British Royal Navy OF-8-collected British Royal Navy OF-7-collected United Kingdom-Navy-OF-6-collected UK-Navy-OF-5-collected UK-Navy-OF-4-collected UK-Navy-OF-3-collected UK-Navy-OF-2-collected UK-Navy-OF-1b-collected British Royal Navy OF-1a.svgUK-Navy-OFD UK-Navy-OFStudent.svg
Admiral of the Fleet Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub lieutenant Midshipman Officer Cadet
United Kingdom United Kingdom
(Royal Marines)

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Field marshal General Lieutenant-general Major-general Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet No equivalent
Captain General
Royal Marines
General Lieutenant-general Major-general Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet
Vanuatu Vanuatu No navy
Zambia Zambia No navy
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer

See also

Comparative navy enlisted ranks of the Commonwealth

Rank comparison chart of naval forces of Commonwealth of Nations states.

List of comparative military ranks

This article is a list of various states' armed forces ranking designations. Comparisons are made between the different systems used by nations to categorize the hierarchy of an armed force compared to another. Several of these lists mention NATO reference codes. These are the NATO rank reference codes, used for easy comparison among NATO countries. Links to comparison charts can be found below.

Military ranks and insignia by country
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Asia
Europe
Oceania
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